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What foods can I eat if I'm on a low sodium diet?

Here is a list of foods that you can eat if you are on a low sodium diet:

Bread, cereals, and grains:
  • light and dark breads
  • unsalted crackers
  • matzo
  • melba toast
  • graham crackers
  • rice
  • pasta
  • hot cereals
  • cold cereals like shredded wheat
  • puffed rice
Dairy:
  • eggs or egg substitutes
  • low sodium cheeses
  • no salt added cottage cheese
  • regular, low fat, or skim milk
  • regular, low fat, or nonfat yogurt
Desserts and snacks:
  • gelatin
  • hard candies
  • unsalted nuts
  • unsalted popcorn
  • popsicles
  • angel food cake
  • baked products prepared without salt or with low sodium baking powder
Beverages:
  • fruit juice
  • low sodium tomato juice
  • low sodium V8
  • coffee
  • tea
  • most carbonated beverages (check labels)
  • seltzer and tonic water
  • hot cocoa
  • wines (can vary greatly in sodium content)
  • alcohol (check with your doctor)
Fruits and vegetables:
  • all fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • dried fruits
  • vegetables canned without salt
  • low sodium tomato sauce
  • low sodium tomato paste
  • low sodium tomato puree
Meats and poultry, fish, and meat substitutes:
  • fresh meats, fish, and poultry
  • tofu
  • no-salt-added canned tuna, salmon, or sardines
  • low-sodium peanut butter
  • dried peas, beans, and legumes
  • low-salt Kosher meats
Soups and stews:
  • homemade soups made with suggested ingredients
  • low sodium soups and broth
  • low sodium bouillon cubes and granules
  • no-salt-added spaghetti sauce
Herbs and spices:
  • Mrs. Dash and salt free spice blends, fresh herbs, and most dried herbs and spices
  • extracts
  • salt substitutes (only with your doctor's permission)
Miscellaneous:
  • oil
  • vinegar
  • lemon
  • low sodium baking powder
  • low sodium ketchup
  • low sodium margarine
  • sugar
  • jams
  • jellies
  • honey
  • preserves
  • maple syrup

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